I believe that a scale is only as good as its clip. I don’t want to put any unnecessary stress on the fish while weighing them, so I’m always looking for a solid and well-designed clip that keeps fish buttoned up throughout the entire weighing process. To test this, I purposely caught some hybrid striped bass because they’re incredibly difficult to keep still once they’re in the boat. I needed to see if the clip would safely weigh fish, so what better way than to experiment with the biggest spazz in fresh water?
I have been incredibly impressed by this clip. You have to manually open and close it (kind of like the Major League Fishing clips), which can be a bit cumbersome at first, but you’ll get the hang of it quickly. These hybrids were shaking and wiggling all over the place and I have not had a single fish fall off of the clip. Once you clamp this clip onto the fish, you they’re not going anywhere.
I think this is going to be a great feature for tournament anglers. One of my tournament partners actually bounced a fish off of an old spring-loaded clip and it fell back into the water, which hurt our overall weight. I certainly don’t see that being a problem with the Rapala High Contrast Digital Scale.